2014 Queensland Cup Farewell for Jumps Hope Brayroan

Instead of waiting 12 months for a possible Caloundra Cup title defense trainer Barry Mitchell is considering a Victorian jumps career for Brayroan after their likely Brisbane swansong in the Queensland Cup 2014 this weekend.

Chris Munce

Veteran Brisbane hoop Chris Munce rides 2014 Queensland Cup favourite Brayroan on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The rising eight-year-old Zabeel gelding is one of 16 stayers facing off in Saturday’s two mile showdown at Eagle Farm.

Brayroan is set to jump from barrier four with ace local hoop Chris Munce aboard in the $150,000 Listed bmag Queensland Cup (3200m).

It’s their first go at the distance after they impressed Mitchell and his son-in-law Munce with their three length upset over Ipswich Cup winner Brave Ali as a 16-1 chance in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) last Saturday.

They carried the 54kg minimum there but go up to 55.5kg for this weekend, a weight that is only going to continue to increase should they win again.

Brayroan, owned by Sydney connections, leads the early Queensland Cup odds at a quote of around $3.80, and back-to-back wins in as many weeks would be a great way to finish up their career in the sunshine state.

The galloper has gone through the hands of a number of trainers over their 41 start career to date and was racing in Sydney with Anthony Cummings before they were sent to Mitchell in Brisbane at the start of the year.

They’ve had six runs in Queensland, the Caloundra Cup their first win, but could now be headed south with a lack of appropriate longer distanced features for the dour stayer to target.

“He will be very hard to place here and they might take him home,” Munce told AAP.

“But I don’t know if he would be up to the better staying races in Sydney or Melbourne.

“If you leave him here it would probably be to set him for next year’s Caloundra Cup and 12 months is a long time.”

Saturday is also likely to be their last run for this campaign with the team, that also includes Munce’s wife Cathy, having all but having ruled out the $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) on July 10.

“We don’t think Grafton would suit him,” Munce said.

“He needs a bigger track with some give in it. Caloundra is ideal for him and Eagle Farm with some rain would also suit.”

Munce also said Mitchell was looking at the hurdle races in Melbourne as a possibility for Brayroan who has shown ability jumping at home.

“He is by Zabeel and we have had him over the hurdles at home. He takes to them well,” he said.

Among Brayroan’s most notable acceptors for the weekend are exciting Sydney prospect Astro Avalanche coming off a nearly all-the-way win when second in the Stayers Cup to Destiny’s Kiss over the 3200m, Queensland Derby graduate Pop ‘N’ Scotch and last start Tattersall’s Cup winner The Inventor.

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